Russian-backed militants continue shelling in Donbas, storming Ukrainian stronghold near Avdiyivka

20:15, 27 March 2016
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The combined Russian-separatist forces attempted to storm one of the Ukrainian army strongholds near Avdiyivka, the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) press center reported.

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It is noted that the situation in the ATO zone remains tense, with pro-Russian mercenaries having attacked Ukrainian forces 18 times during the day.

"Shelling does not cease near Avdiyivka. During the reported period, the enemy has launched fire six times using mortars, grenade launchers, machine guns and large-caliber firearms," a statement reads.

Also, illegal armed groups tried to storm one of the strongholds of the ATO forces near Avdiyivka. Ukrainian servicemen had to open retaliation fire, forcing a sabotage and reconnaissance group of six militants to retreat. No casualties among Ukrainian forces have been reported, information on enemy casualties is being clarified, the press center said.

According to the ATO headquarters, in the Mariupol direction, militants used anti-tank guided missiles and 120mm caliber mortars to shell the ATO forces near Novotroitske.

In addition, the pro-Russian gangs were also firing at Ukrainian positions near the villages of Shyrokyne and Taramchuk using small arms.

Ukrainian servicemen have opened fire several times in response to militant aimed attacks, but solely from the weapons not prohibited by the Minsk agreements, the ATO headquarters emphasized.

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